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Senator Gillibrand formally launches presidential campaign

Senator Gillibrand formally launches presidential campaign

Kirsten Gillibrand formally launched her presidential bid on Sunday morning, announcing she will deliver her first major speech next week - in front of Trump International Hotel in New York City.

Her announcement that she was joining the dozen-plus candidates who want to challenge Trump came in a almost three-minute video produced by her campaign and released early in the morning.

In her campaign launch video Ms Gillibrand voices her support for paid family leave, universal health care and the Green New Deal - a set of proposals aimed at restructuring the USA economy to tackle climate change. "And it's why I'm asking you for your support", the New York Democrat says in a video announcing the official launch of her campaign. "That's what fear does", Kirsten Gillibrand says in her announcement video.

On Sunday, she officially launched her run with a video posted online and plans for a one-week, multi-state tour culminating in the March 24 speech. But what was jarring to anyone who cares even a little big about logic was this little non sequitur: "If we could land on the moon", then we can definitely achieve "universal coverage" and "paid family leave" and "end gun violence" and "pass a Green New Deal".

She is also one of the top Trump naysayers in the Senate, voting against the president's nominees for major posts more than nearly any other senator.

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Two New York newspaper editorial boards slammed her for misleading voters about her White House aspirations when she campaigned for re-election in 2018.

Gillibrand's announcement came less than a week after her image as a champion of the #MeToo movement was shaken by a Politico report of alleged sexual harassment in her Senate office.

She claimed flip-flopping was not "part of my record" in spite of numerous apologies for past conservative stances on issues like illegal immigration and gun control.

The bill fell short in the Senate, but Gillibrand has been relentless about highlighting sexual assault in the military, on college campuses and in the workplace. She remains at 1% in most public opinion polls. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) jumped in this past week, shaking up the race, and former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to make a decision on a potential run in the coming weeks.


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